Ticiano Vecellio-P.O.Lady

TIZIANO Vecellio(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Titian was the greatest painter of 16th-century Venice, and the first painter to have a mainly international clientele. There is still no documentary evidence of Titian’s exact date of birth, but contemporary sources and his early stylistic development suggest that he was born around 1490. During his long career, he experimented with many different styles of painting which embody the development of art during his epoch.

Youth and debut
Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) was born in Pieve di Cadore, a small town at the foot of the Dolomites on the Venetian side of the Alps. After Gentile’s death in 1507, Titian joined the workshop of Gentile’s brother, Giovanni Bellini, which at that time was the most important in Venice.

When he was about 10 years old, Titian arrived in Venice, then one of the wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world.

Titian started his artistic training in the workshop of the mosaicist Sebastiano Zuccato. Summary from https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/titian


Portrait of a Woman (La Schiavona)
1508-10
Oil on canvas, 117 x 97 cm
National Gallery, London

Titian poses his sitters in such a way as to make the most of a novel compositional idea; the figures stand out in bold relief against the plain background and the colour emphasizes the unusual lighting, revealing the mood of the sitters as well as capturing their physical presence. The inclusion of the sitter’s portrait carved in stone may refer to the much discussed issue of the relative merits of painting and sculpture. Among them the portrait of a woman, called La Schiavone, is of remarkably fine quality. Summary https://www.wga.hu/html_m/t/tiziano/10/1/01schiav.html

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